Finding the Time
I grabbed my keys to head to the store. All in all, I figured on about fifteen minutes or so.
I like to take these opportunities, small as they may be, to get some time with my kids individually. I came to the first who was walking down the hall.
“You want to run to the store with me?” I said.
“Nah,” came the response.
“Why? Are you sure?” I tried again.
“No, I don’t want to.”
I wandered into the living room where two kids sat watching TV. “Who wants to go to the store with me?”
“Not me,” came the reply in unison.
I had one more shot, but this child was on his mom’s iPad playing games. ”How about you? Will you come to the store with me?”
“No, I’m playing.”
I stood in the hallway as I looked around and turned from side to side, “No one wants to go with me? C’mon! It’ll just be a minute and you might enjoy it.”
“No thanks,” they all muttered.
What’s funny is that I had already decided that whoever went with me would get a candy bar. I don’t always do that, but I like to give them that every once in a while. If I said that, they would have been fighting over who got to go, but I didn’t want them to go for the candy bar. I wanted them to go because they wanted to spend time with their dad.
The connection I’m about to make has probably been spotted a mile away, but I know we all need reminders. Our heavenly Father loves us and wants to spend time with us. He tries to draw us into spending time with Him. He even has good things He wants to give us if we’ll lay down our own agendas and desires and just go with him.
We easily get sidetracked by distractions, by our own apathy, by our desire to do what we want to do. There’s no animosity. We’re just busy or have other things we’re doing. I’m as guilty as anyone.
I remind you as I remind myself: our Father has places to take us and it’s not just something to do, He wants to spend time with us. The more we draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8) and that is the greatest joy in life.
But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works. –Psalm 73:28
Do you hear the Father’s voice today? Are ready to draw closer?